Who We Are

HEUG Board of Directors

The Higher Education User Group is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, one to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President.

Representing Members

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Jason Wenrick

President
California State University Chancellor's Office
2019-2021

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Jane Broad

Past President
University of Glasgow
2019-2021

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Jo Ellen Dinucci

VP of Administration
Boise State University
2018-2021

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Mario Berry

VP of Community Development
Texas Southern University
2019-2022

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Kelly Wilker

VP of Communications and Membership
University of Waterloo
2019-2022

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Buddy Combs

VP of Product
Kentucky Comm. & Tech. College Sys
2019-2022

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Terence Houser

VP of Technology
University of Virginia
2018-2021

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Dan Youngblood

VP of Finance/Treasurer
Indiana University
2017-2020

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Lisa Skinner

Secretary
Stanford University
2019-2022

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Jason Koziara

Alliance Conference Chair
DePaul University
2019-2021

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Barry Hudson

Board Member - EMEA Rep
University of Pretoria
2017-2020

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Mark Erickson

ANZ Representative
University of Queensland
2019-2020

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John Reed

ANZ Representative
University of New South Wales
2019-2022

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Pedro Creuheras

Latin America Representative - Appointed
Universidad Panamericana
2019-2020

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Derry Fong

Board Member - Asia HEUG Rep
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2018-2021

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Steve Hahn

Four Year Baccalaureate Granting Colleges and Universities
University of Wisconsin - Madison
2017-2020

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Brad Finley

Two Year Community, Technical and equivalent international college
Illinois Central College
2018-2021

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Nanci Regehr

2-year Community, Technical and equivalent
Maricopa Community College District
2019-2022

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Michele Thibodeau

Small College Representative
Butler University
2017-2020

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Michael Russell

2-year Community, Technical and equivalent
Virginia Community College System
2017-2020

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Michelle Lin

EBS Representative
California Institute of Technology
2017-2020

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Wendy Chang

Executive Level Leadership
Miami Dade College
2018-2021

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Scott Balthazor

Executive Director
Higher Education User Group

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Brittany Moon

Deputy Executive Director
Higher Education User Group

Director Responsibilities

Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Appointed Directors serve for a term of one year and may be reappointed. The Alliance Conference Chair is usually among the appointed Directors, if not currently serving as elected Directors.

The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a two-year term, and may serve at most one term as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and the executive team consist of the following positions:

President
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the President.

Key Responsibilities

Specific to this role:

  • Preside at all meetings of the HEUG;
  • Appoint all committees not otherwise provided for;
  • Provide for the discharge, pro tempore, of absent or suspended Member Representatives or officers of the Board of Directors;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to remain abreast of:
    • General administrative facets of the organization
    • Legal aspects of HEUG administration
    • Overall Board of Director dynamics
    • Agenda building needs
  • Travel internationally and domestically to support the development and sustainability of HEUG communities
  • Ensure that the regulations of the Board of Directors are enforced;
  • Carry out assignments and instructions given by vote of the HEUG Board of Directors; and
  • Perform such other duties as customarily pertain to the Office of President or are assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Work directly with all Board Members to develop an annual strategic plan and related objectives
  • Provide input, strategic vision and guidance to the Alliance Conference team.


All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 of Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  •  Files personal expense reports within 30 days after expense/event occurs

Past President
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the Past President.

Key Responsibilities

Specific to this role:

  • Provide advice and guidance to the President and Board; and
  • Chair the Nomination and Elections Committee
  • Perform such other duties that are assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.


All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 of Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  •  Files personal expense reports within 30 days after expense/event occurs

VP for Administration
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP for Administration

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:
The VP of Administration duties and responsibilities are determined by the HEUG President.  These duties typically focus on supporting the President in the administration of the HEUG in whatever ways the President deems necessary.  In the recent past, this has included

  • Acting as the HEUG Board's liaison to the United States regional conferences
  • Chairing work groups created by the HEUG Board
  • Assisting with the review and approval of board expense reports
  • Work on special projects.

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly board conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 of days after expense/event occurs

VP for Communications and Membership
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP of Communication and Membership

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:

  • Work with Socious staff in oversight of aspects of membership and communications including:
    • HEUG.Online
    • Mobile Application
    • Communication & Social Media Plan
    • Membership Management
      • Including Dues Management, Retention and Member Satisfaction
    • Annual Report
  • Primary Budget oversight for a number of areas
    • YPG and Volunteer group budgets
    • Mobile application contracts and budget
    • HEUG.Online /custom Socious
    • Telecommunications & Webinars
    • Promotional items and booth space for conferences.
    • Socious Membership services contract
  • Chair the communications committee and run the monthly committee calls
  • In collaboration with Socious staff create, monitor  and adjust annual work plan

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly Board conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 of Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 of days after expense/event occurs

VP for Community Development
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP of Community Development

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:

  • Work with Board, Conference Teams and Advisory Groups to ensure inclusiveness for global members
  • Manage the Board Liaison Program
    • Working closely with the President and Regional Board representatives, identify Elected-Board members to attend global Alliance conferences and represent the Board
    • Coordinate international travel logistics, including travel and insurance requirements
  • Consult with Regional Board representatives to assess member need in those regions for the community building, networking and education
  • Work with North America Alliance Conference Team to ensure inclusiveness for global attendees
    • Review and include translation services where appropriate
    • Promote travel stipends for attendees outside of USA
    • Encourage Meet the Expert opportunities
    • Promote networking opportunities
      • Host International Reception
      • Coordinate and attend global regional meetings

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 in person Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 days after expense/event occurs

VP for Product
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP of Product

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:

  • Chair the Product Council
    • Work closely with Socious to organize call schedule
    • Set agendas and review minutes
  • Collation of Advisory Group goals
    • Provision of advice/guidance to Advisory Groups
    • Biannual reports to Board
  • Review and publish annual calendar of activities for Advisory Groups
  • Plan and chair the Advisory Group Summit
    • Strategic – work closely with the President and Executive Team to determine the agenda for HEUG updates; plan/structure any full-Advisory Group sessions/workshops and best practice sessions
    • Strategic – work closely with the Advisory Group Chairs and Senior Oracle Strategists to coordinate Oracle participation in the Summit; encourage/promote cross-advisory group sessions
    • Operational – manage room allocation for the Summit; determine schedule for the Summit; select menus; plan Volunteer Appreciation Reception
  • Ensure Advisory Group best practice documentation is current and accessible
  • Support the Advisory Group Nominations & Elections Committee in preparations for and execution of the Advisory Group N & E process
    • Review and sign-off member terms data
    • Advise Product Council re process and respond to queries
  • Manage the Advisory Group Board Liaison assignment process
    • Working closely with the Advisory Group Chairs and Vice Chairs, identify Board members to act as liaisons to one or more Advisory Groups, recognizing personal experience/expertise where appropriate
  • Manage the Advisory Group replacement member process (in the event of members leaving or being dismissed)
  • Blog regularly to promote the work and achievements of the Advisory Groups

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 in person Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 of days after expense/event occurs

VP for Technology
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP of Technology

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:

  • Primary Oracle contact with Jeff Robbins, Senior Director PeopleSoft strategy
  • Primary liaison to the TAG
  • Assigns board members to attend Oracle’s Open World
  • Assign board members to attend Reciprocal Conferences such as Collaborate, Educause, OHUG, ODTUG and peer user group regional conferences

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3 in person Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 days after expense/event occurs

VP for Finance and Treasurer
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, one to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP of Finance and Treasurer.

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:

  • Acts as chief financial officer and Treasurer for the HEUG and has authority to sign contracts.
  • Manage/supervise the Assistant Treasurer.
  • Maintains the accounts of the HEUG.
  • Acts as custodian of the assets of the HEUG.
  • Publishes a statement of funds for all business meetings.
  • Prepares an annual budget submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.
  • Prepares annual financial statements for review by an external auditor and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Prepares and provides documentation for filing of all required government or regulatory report forms.
  • Serves as a member of the Alliance Conference Planning team and assists the Chair on budget preparation and review.
  • Serves as a financial resource for domestic and international HEUG communities, specifically regarding regional conference planning activities.
  • Serves as an ad hoc member of the Audit and Finance committee for the HEUG; provides documentation and support to the committee, as requested.
  • Serve on various work groups, committees and performs other tasks as assigned by the President.

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly Board conference calls.
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls.
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance).
  • Attends up to 3 of Executive Officers meetings.
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility.
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget.
  • Reviews financial reports monthly.
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 of days after expense/event occurs.

HEUG Board Secretary
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

This description addresses the role of the VP of Technology

Key Responsibilities
Specific to this role:

  • Keep a written record of the proceedings of all meetings and be responsible for the distribution of such written proceedings (the outgoing Secretary shall be responsible for the proceedings of the meeting at which the new Secretary is installed.
  • Issue notices of meeting and agenda as directed by the President and the Board of Director
  • Be responsible for the correspondence of the HEUG
  • Liaison to Advisory Group(s) as assigned
  • Liaison to Committees as assigned
  • Participate in Executive meetings
  • Participate in working groups as assigned

All Officers responsibilities

  • Attends monthly conference calls
  • Attends monthly Executive Officers conference calls
  • Attends 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Attends up to 3  Executive Officers meetings
  • Prepares and recommends budget for area of responsibility (secretary has no budget line)
  • Reviews and approves expenses related to their budget (secretary has no budget line)
  • Reviews financial reports monthly
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 days after expense/event occurs

Director
Higher Education User Group

Purpose
The HEUG is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of sixteen Directors elected by the HEUG membership, on to five Directors appointed by the HEUG President with the approval of the Board, and the Past President. Elected Directors serve for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The President of the HEUG is elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term, and may serve at most two terms as President. The remaining Officers of the Board are nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and consist of the following:

  • VP for Communications and Membership
  • VP for Community Development
  • VP for Products
  • VP for Technology
  • VP for Administration
  • VP Finance/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Alliance Conference Chair
  • Executive Director (non-voting)

Key Responsibilities

  • Attend monthly conference calls
  • Attend 3 in person board meetings (including Alliance)
  • Review and approve overall annual budget
  • Review financial reports periodically
  • Serve as liaison to at least one advisory group, work group, or committee
  • File personal expense reports within 45 of days after expense/event occurs
  • Communicate with and seek input from their specific representative constituency, beyond their individual institution.
  • When necessary, represent the HEUG Board of Directors at:
    • Regional events
    • International events
    • Webinars
    • Industry meetings and/or events
    • Etc.
  • Review, discuss and vote on various HEUG business items as they are presented to the board of directors.
  • Attend and participate in the annual Alliance Conference as a HEUG Director
  • Work with HEUG Officers and President to develop and implement a strategic plan
  • Review and become familiar with HEUG by-laws, standing orders and operation procedure.
  • Provide input, strategic direction and guidance to the Alliance Conference team.
  • Files personal expense reports within 30 days after expense/event occurs

The Board is responsible for overseeing and approving nominations of members to the various Advisory Groups (AGs) and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Those groups are responsible for working with the HEUG membership and Oracle on issues relevant to the appropriate areas within specific products or the technological infrastructure. Those groups do much of the detailed work of the HEUG and are instrumental to the HEUG’s effectiveness. Each PAG is assigned a Board member as a liaison.

The Board also establishes a number of committees and working groups to assist in the governance and administration of the HEUG, and to address specific issues that do not fall within the purview of a particular Advisory Group or TAG. These committees usually include a mixture of Board members and others.

As Oracle continues to expand its product line via acquisitions and development, and as the community of Higher Education users of Oracle application software expands and evolves, the Board continues to review the scope of the HEUG and to propose changes in structure and governance that reflect the changing nature of the products and the organization.

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